By: E&P Staff
Brussels, Belgium-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), whose trade union members include the Newspaper Guild, Friday was awarded the AFL-CIO’s George-Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award for its work defending journalists and media workers in danger.
In presenting the award to IFJ General Secretary Aidan White in Washington, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney praised the group for its humanitarian support of journalists victimized by violence or government repression.
“This work is on behalf of working members of the press who risk their
lives and often die to tell the story,” Sweeny said. “The world of democracy depends on these stories and the people who risk their lives for them.”
The award includes a donation to the IFJ International Safety Fund. It is named for two past AFL-CIO presidents.
In thanking Sweeney, White cited the support IFJ gets from its affiliates in the United States, including the Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television.